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A System for Collecting, Compiling and Evaluating Reports of Occupationally-Related Injuries and Illnesses in the U.S. Semiconductor Industry.

Hazard Assessment and Control Technology in Semiconductor Manufacturing, Lewis Publishers, Inc., Chelsea, Michigan 1989:17-23
The development of an occupational injury and illness report system for the semiconductor industry was described. Two recordkeeping systems have been used for the collection of data related to the frequency and severity of work related injuries and illnesses in the private sector of the working force in the United States. One system was based on cases reported to the compensation authorities of individual states. The other system was that of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) which was developed in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Under this Act employers with more than ten employees were required to record cases of injury or illness which were work related. In an attempt to close one gap in the system, the BLS instituted the innovative Supplementary Data System (SDS) as a means to standardize reporting of individual cases under various state compensation systems. One major shortcoming of the systems was their insensitivity to health related effects of a chronic nature or to those effects which involve long term exposures. During 1982 a system for uniform recording and reporting of occupational injury and illness was developed for the semiconductor industry. The data were to be used for identifying possible causes and arriving at practical solutions to recurring types of problems. For design of this system for a particular industry, the headings in the SDS program of the BLS were useful but it was necessary to enhance the subdivisions using an occupational title directory developed specifically for this industry.
Worker-health; Legislation; Information-systems; Industrial-health-programs; Industrial-safety-programs; Semiconductors; Electronics-industry; Information-processing;
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Hazard Assessment and Control Technology in Semiconductor Manufacturing, Lewis Publishers, Inc., Chelsea, Michigan
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division